Jessica Lashawn wrote this article for Chicago Now’s website. And the purpose was to discuss whether people can really find a soul mate meant for them in life, and how important sharing your life with that one special person really is. So she used her former boss Beyonce as an example.
Here’s an excerpt from her article where she discusses Jay and Bey’s first time working together on a live performance, and how their love for each other was so obvious and powerful that everyone around them could see. Bey turned into a girl with a school crush and Jay couldn’t hide his feelings either, despite trying to maintain that rapper facade:
During the BET Awards in 2003 I witnessed the makings of a real relationship between two overly focused individuals willing to sacrifice and make time for each other in the midst of accomplishing their personalized greatness. I was the personal assistant to Beyonce while she prepared for the debut of her new single Deja Vu. I can recall having the song on repeat throughout the duration of my flight from Chicago to LA and feeling captivated by the 808′s and horns. There was something about the song that made me feel as if I were being transported to another place all in the name of love. Like most people, I soon realized that the passion hidden behind Beyonce’s vocals was fueled by her devotion and love for none other than Jay Z.
I sat there in amazement as I watched Beyonce go over every step as if her life depended on it. I’d heard all the stories and rumors that she was evil and possibly the daughter of Satan but none of that surfaced. A prime example of her down-to-earth-ness was displayed when she happened to be thirsty and it was my job to get her some water but she chose to go with me in order to ease her mind. She was sweet and reminded me of that home girl we all have that no matter what she just wants to laugh at the end of the day.
Everything was going well until Beyonce was informed that Jay Z missed his flight and wouldn’t be able to make it to the show and perform. Her face went sour as she took a moment to squat on the floor and pout. She wasn’t sad about him not doing his verse but the fact that she wouldn’t see him as soon as she’d planned. She couldn’t help but mumble to her mother that she missed him. She forced herself not to cry. Stood up and yelled from the top of her lungs…. “let’s take it from the top.” The passion and determination in her voice echoed throughout the empty theater as she stood on top of a short ladder that served as her entrance wagon.
Then a voice rang out saying “Hey You.”
Beyonce’s face lit up as she buckled her knees and covered her face to hide a child like smile followed by adorable cheeks red and wet with embarrassing tears. It was HIM. He walked in calm and cool but as he got closer he couldn’t help but smile and reach out to her and hold her while placing his head gently on top of hers and shaking it. He said hi to her mom and mentioned that he wanted to fake her (Beyonce) out and say he wasn’t coming just to surprise her and it worked. The two clicked instantly and started rehearsing but not before a hint of comfort was relaxed on their faces as they found solace within each others arms. After Beyonce let go and slowly removed her head from the chest of the man that inspired the lyrics to the song- she ran to her place- ready to start it all over again.
Every beat flowed effortlessly like water between the two. They stopped to acknowledge that this was their first time performing the song and even arranging choreography. The chemistry was amazing and I felt honored to have a front row seat for it all.